HENSON, William Harold

Service Number –   991.

Rank –   Private.

Unit / Division –   11th  Battalion.

Enlistment Date –   7  September  1914.

Address on Enlistment –   Victoria  Street,  Bunbury,  W. A.

Occupation on Enlistment –   Labourer.

Next of Kin on Enlistment –   W.  Keyte,  Yuba  via  Northampton,  W. A.


Religion –   Methodist.

Embarkation Details –   From  Fremantle  on  2  November  1914  on  Transport  A11  “  Ascanius  “.

Returned  to  Australia –

Date –   5  July  1915. 

Died- 25/09/1969, Aged 87 Years.

Buried- Ashes Placed at Karrakatta Cemetery Perth WA- Garden of Remembrance , Section EC, Site 23, Position 155.

Reports  from  the  11th  Battalion  verify  that  Henson  was  with  fellow  Bunbury  Soldier,  Edwin  Fullagar  at  the  time  of  Fullagar  receiving  a  fatal  gunshot  to  the  head  on  10  May  1915.


” Private Henson ( Service No. 991 )  enlisted the first time on  7 September 1914 , stating his Occupation as a Labourer, and was attached to the 11th Battalion, embarking from Fremantle on 2 November 1914.  He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 5 May 1915.  He was admitted to a hospital ship in the Dardanelles on 30 May 1915, suffering from V. D.  He was repatriated to Australia from Suez on 5 July 1915 and then discharged from the Army.  Henson  enlisted for the Second time  ( Service  No. 1441 ) on 17 February 1916, stating his Occupation as Teamster,  embarking from Sydney,  N.S. W.   on 20 February 1916 on  HMAT A38  ” Ulysses “.  He was posted as a Sapper to the 3rd Tunneling Company  in the field in France on 18 August 1916. On the 20 September 1916, his service file is noted-” Creating a disturbance in billet, in that he did use abusive language to the section cook. Award- 14 Days loss of Pay. ”  After a number of visits to Hospital for illness treatment, Henson was repatriated to Australia as an Invalid. He left Suez on 31 March 1919 per ” Khyber “,  arriving in Fremantle on 23 May 1919.  Henson was discharged from Army Service on 22 July 1919 “.